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Bad Bunny pays touching tribute to homeless Puerto Rican trans woman who was brutally murdered

Josh Milton February 28, 2020
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Bad Bunny performed on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and made a bold statement about a trans woman's killing. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Puerto Rican trap singer Bad Bunny paid a subtle but touching tribute to a trans woman brutally killed Monday in a suspected crime described as “cruel and insensitive”.

Performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, Bad Bunny, known off-stage as Benito Ocasio, shrugged off his dusty pink double-breasted blazer to reveal a simple slogan t-shirt.

“They killed Alexa,” the tee in Spanish, read, “not a man with a skirt.”

Trans, homeless and frequently sneered at online for her hunchbacked appearance and black tresses, Alexa Negrón Luciano was found dead Monday.

Framed in the headlights of a car and shot to death amid a cackle of laughter, Luciano’s final moments were uploaded in a vile video on social media. “You bet I am going to go and shoot him,” said one of her suspected killers in footage police confirmed was authentic.

Her death rippled across the community, yet many local outlets misgendered her in reports. The case echoed the brutal murder of gender-nonconforming teen Jorge Steven, found decapitated, dismembered and set ablaze in 2009.

Bad Bunny sat down on the famous grey armchair with Fallon to discuss his new 20-song album, YHLQMDLG.

Dropping Saturday, the star also revealed the album’s new artwork as well as performing “Ignorantes”.

But during his costume change, he ditched his Supreme tee for one that sent a powerful statement against transphobes.

What happened to Alexa Negrón Luciano?

Luciano was killed in the early morning in the town of Toa Baja.

On Sunday, a local posted pictures of her being questioned by police for allegedly peeping at another customer in the women’s bathroom of a McDonald’s.

Alexa Luciano was questioned by officers moments before her death. (Twitter/@DavidBegnaud)

One showed her quietly tucking into her meal with a can of 7-Up beside her. She later gave her name to police as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz.

Just 12 hours later, she was dead. She was found on the side of a road around a mile from the fast-food restaurant.

Local law enforcement received a tip about her death at around 3.15am, where officers found she had been shot several times across her body.

Police have not categorised Liciano’s killing as a hate crime as detectives wrestle to define a clear motive. Yet activists have argued that how her death was filmed demonstrates the impunity anti-LGBT+ people feel they have in Puerto Rico, where anti-discrimination laws are vastly lacking.

Elizabeth Warren: ‘I’m heartsick for Alexa and her loved ones.’

The 27-year-old was infamous around town. Ridiculed and mocked online for her appearance.

But how mockery turned deadly sparked outrage in Puerto Rico. A hashtag #SeLlamabaAlexa, or, ‘she was called Alexa’, went viral shortly after her death was announced by authorities.

According to Metro Puerto Rico, members of her community knew her as “humble” and “noble”.

Her passing also drew attention from lawmakers, where governor Wanda Vázquez said at a press conference: “Everything points to this being a hate crime, and that’s how it will be treated.”

The former leading prosecutor added: “This is violence against women, without a death,” before describing Luciano’s death as “sad, cruel and insensitive”.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken trans ally, decried her death.

“I’m heartsick for Alexa and her loved ones,” the Massachusetts senator wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

“This epidemic keeps growing. We must use every tool we have to end it and protect trans women of colour.”

 

More: Alexa Negrón Luciano, Bad Bunny, Jimmy Fallon, murder, Puerto Rico, transphobia

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